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Catherine Woodiwiss

journalist, editor, occasional entrepreneur

Washington, DC

Catherine Woodiwiss

culture · tech · religion · design

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Americans’ Quest for the Christmas of Their Childhoods

Nostalgia isn’t just a feeling. It’s a commodity.
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George Saunders on Trump, Mystery, and Why He Rejects Social Media

Try this on: You’ve been assigned to cover a handful of Trump rallies, across middle America, in the spring. The last thing on your mind, probably, is how to be kind. Unless you're George Saunders.
Sojourners Link to Story
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Marginalia: Column

To be a white woman in America is to be precariously power-adjacent.
Sojourners Magazine / Print Link to Story
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Radical Refuge

II. "I got a target on my body, some body please protect me."
Sojourners Link to Story
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Indentured Women's Forgotten Lives

Can the subaltern speak? Yes—but lingering vestiges of empire still limit what she can say.
Books&Culture Link to Story

About

Catherine Woodiwiss

I'm a journalist in Washington, D.C., and deputy online editor for Sojourners, where I focus on culture, tech, and religion.

My work was featured in The New York Times and has recently appeared in The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, The Washington Post, ThinkProgress, and Books and Culture.

My favorite posture is ethnographer, tracing the evolutions of ideas and rituals through time and place.

As a systems design thinker, I also co-founded Trestles, a service design consultancy for creative economies in D.C. and Raleigh/Durham, and co-launched Homestage, a DIY house show network in DC.

In 2014, I spoke on collaborative solutions and "Do It Together" design models at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

A collection of my reporting on sexual abuse and Christian communities, "I Believe You: Sexual Violence and the Church," was published the same year (avail on Amazon).

Featured Columnist, Sojourners Magazine, 2016-present

Award, Science for Religion Reporters, AAAS/DoSER, 2016

Fellow, International Reporting Project, Johns Hopkins (Technology + Religion), 2015

Award of Excellence, Editorial or Opinion, ACP 2015

Award of Mention, Book (Nonfiction), ACP 2015

Fellow, Radio/Film, Media Institute for Social Change

Member, Religion Newswriters Association